Flydubai to resume flights to Maldives next month

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 25 2020

Dubai-based airline Flydubai, will resume flights to Malé, Maldives from 27 October.

The service, which the carrier initially operated between 2013 and 2018, will be reinstated due to popular demand as Maldives welcomes back tourists of all nationalities, a statement said.

Flights will operate four times a week to Malé on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

The route brings the number of destinations Flydubai operates to 40 across its network in Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.

The carrier has been increasing its operations since July and continues to operate cargo flights and repatriation flights in addition to its published schedule.

In line with the COVID-19 safe tourism guidelines and hygiene certification programme issued by the Maldivian Ministry of Tourism in June, all 156 resorts situated in the island nation will be required to take protective measures, ensuring the safety of tourists and also staff working in the industry.

Maldives has restarted its visa on arrival facility and passengers must complete a ‘Traveller Health Declaration Form’ on the official website, 24 hours before arrival.

“We continue to see signs of recovery as more countries start to lift restrictions on international travel,” said Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith.

“Working together, all the stakeholders in the travel industry have a role to play to safeguard travel in this new environment enabling more people to travel confidently. We remain agile in our operations and committed to gradually adding more flights to further support the flow of trade and tourism around the region as we look ahead to this new way of travel in the months to come,” added Ghaith.

Flydubai has recently introduced a new free global COVID-19 cover for passengers who book for travel between 1 September and 30 November, 2020. The new service covers passengers’ health expenses and quarantine costs if diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip.

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CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 25 2020

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